DES MOINES, Iowa - June flooding has hit nearly one-fifth of Iowa's counties especially hard, according to details released from Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Mark Schouten.
The government declared 18 Iowa counties as disaster areas, making them eligible for state assistance. The counties include: Buena Vista, Cedar, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Franklin, Hancock, Ida, Kossuth, Lyon, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Sac, Sioux, Woodbury and Wright.
To put the destruction in perspective, 1993's floods required disaster declarations in all 99 counties, according to Governor Terry Branstad.
Schouten estimates $15.5 million in damages so far. But he said that only counts public structures and roads. The figure doesn't include private businesses, homes, farms and crops.
His office released a summary of assistance of state resources:
- Buena Vista County
40 road barricades
- Cedar County
Inmate assistance for debris removal
- Franklin County
One 3-inch pump
Eighty clean-up kits
- Hancock County
Seventy-five clean-up kits
Pumps for the City of Klemme
- Lyon County
Pumps for the communities of Rock Rapids and George
Established a shelter in Rock Rapids for displaced residents
Traffic control support for Rock Rapids
- Plymouth County
Pump for the City of Akron
- Pocahontas County
10,000 sandbags to protect the power utility substation in Rolfe
- Sioux County
Five loads of sand from Iowa Department of Transportation to Rock Valley
Urban Search and Rescue Team provided lights for use in sandbagging efforts and assisted in the evacuation of 16 people
Six pumps for City of Rock Valley
Established a shelter in Rock Valley for displaced residents
30 road barricades
The Department of Inspections and Appeals provided evacuation assistance to the residents of Hope Haven in Rock Valley.